not quite Feb Fast
I heard about it first through RRR and a little delving into the organization has shown it to be sound and worthy – using the idea of going alcohol free for a month to increase awareness about substance abuse issues and fundraising for the cause.
The site points out a few factoids like:
In Australia, the annual cost to the community of alcohol-related social problems was estimated to be $7.6 billion in 1998-99.
It is estimated that 459,400 Australians consume alcohol at levels considered to be high risk to health in the long-term (AIHW 2005)
The impact of alcohol problems upon workplaces in Australia is significant, costing business at least $1.9 billion per year.
The Significant Eater and I have contracted to avoid alcohol this month with our own prearranged exceptions – interstate/overseas visitors (it’s OK Pixie I’ve got a leave pass for our time together in Melbourne!) and a birthday. I’ve also sponsored a couple of people who are going the whole hog.
So I’ll just have to wait a few weeks before posting about the lovely raspberry infused vodka I’ve made and darn it, no mojitos with the duty free tequila I bought back from New Zealand.
Here’s to a healthy and happy month.